By Lual Magok,
April 19, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The fresh disturbing developments in the Shilluk kingdom is another treacherous warning sign and the world should work hard to deter the recurrence of the Shilluk ethnic cleansing by the Juba regime pro-government militias as they did in aftermath of the insurgence of Gen Johnson Olong in 2010-2013. The up to date observations on the security development in the Upper Nile State signify that, the pro-government militia from the Dinka Apadang is planning to undertake deadly military offensive against the Shilluk civilians and this is believe to post potential security threat to the Shilluk Kingdom and outskirt of Malakal town.
The informal investigation conducted in Upper Nile State revealed that, Shilluk population who were living in Melut, Renk, Gerger, Akoka and Joda were either killed or fled to West Bank for their safety in the hand of pro-government militia from the Dinka Apadang. The investigations also revealed that General James Bwogo and other senior Shilluk officers were killed in coordinated ambush which was officially organized by the SPLA Military Intelligence under overall supervision of the Upper Nile State Government. The studies acknowledged that at least Three (3) UNWFP AID workers from Shilluk tribes were targeted by the pro-government militia from the Dinka Apadang while on official mission to Akoka and government is not trying an effort to rescue them because they are from Shilluk tribe.
The investigation revealed that, the Shilluk ethnicity who were working in the oil fields were forced to relocate to Juba out fear for ethnic target killing by the pro-government militias from the Dinka Apadang Colleagues and its believe that many casual workers from the Shilluk have lost their lives in the hand of the pro-government militias from the Dinka Apadang in the Northern Upper Nile State. The reliable sources within Juba regime disclosed that all prominent political leaders from the Shilluk are under tied security surveillance and it was confirmed that Dr. Lam Akol, the Chairman of the SPLM-DC is put under a house arrest and his passport is confiscated by the security agents in Juba.
The informal investigations finding stated that, the pro-government army militias from the Dinka Apadang and the SPLA forces are committing crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Shilluk innocent civilians who fled to the Dinka areas before the eruption of conflict between the two communities. The observation is that, the State and National governments are supporting the Dinka Apadang Militias with heavy weapons and ammunitions to commit gross human rights violations in the Shilluk Kingdom.
The Dinka at the present divided the Malakal town into Baliet and Akoka Counties. The report from Malakal point out that Commissioner of Baliet County annexed Nagdiar, Ahmed Ajak, Dengershufu , Jallaba and Hai television to Baliet County while the Commissioner of Akoka County annexed Kor Lul, Hai Mattar , Mulukia , Luakat and Rei el musri to Akoka County by force. The State and National government remains silence and cannot discipline the two commissioners because they are implementing the Dinka land grab scheme.
The Shilluk community had been exposed to inhumane and hardship living condition owing to rampant ethnic target killing, massive forced displacement, raiding of cattle, destruction of properties, disappearance and deprivation from political participation by the Juba genocidal regime since 2010 because of the General Johnson Olony insurgence . The rebellion of General Johnson Olony was primarily aimed to liberate the Shilluk land from the Dinka occupation and land grab which became daily threat to the Shilluk residents in the Malakal town.
The persistence of the General Johnson Olony insurgence forced the Shilluk citizens to relocate to Malakal town as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) and some crossed to the Sudan and became refugees out fear of target ethnic killing committed by the SPLA Forces in the Shilluk Kingdom. The repressive security law, lack political freedom and freedom expression put all SPLM –DC members at impending risk from regime security apparatus and the prominent political leaders fled outside of the country and live in exile as asylum seekers because their life and safety was at jeopardy in the hand of tribal military intelligence under Juba tyranny and totalitarian regime.
The Shilluk militias decided to act in response to amnesty announced by President Kiir in 2013 to pardon the entire insurgence factions who were fighting against the regime and the decision was motivated by political agenda to reduce the scale of hostility in the Greater Upper Nile Region. The Shilluk militias to chosen to at least put to an end the elongated anguish and atrocious living condition that their community was exposed in the Republic of South Sudan.
The positive respond of the Shilluk militias to the Juba regime Amnesty also paved the way for recognition of SPLM-DC political participation and this encourage some prominent political leaders from Shilluk society to return to Juba to work as political and military allies to the regime of President Salva Kiir until the eruption of ongoing civil strife in December 2015.
The experiences from previous General Johnson Olony insurgence denoted that civilians from the Shilluk ethnicity became soft target in search for rebels and there is fear that a situation is repeating itself. The Shilluk quest for their ancestors land and freedom is thrown to the dustbin by genocidal regime and they nowadays planning to assassinate the Shilluk Senior Military officers including Johnson Olony and influential political leaders like Dr Lam Akol Ajawin who had been under house arrest without trial and the life of Gen Johnson Olony is at immense risk?, The Shilluk civilians were forced to flee to UNMISS for their safety in the hand of Pro-government militias. The Shilluk worldwide and world at large needs to give an attention to substandard situation of minority group in South Sudan. The Shilluk cry for security and ancestor land is rights.
The writer is concern South Sudanese Activist and can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org